All new Toyota Corolla 2013
The 2013 Toyota Corolla has officially been launched into the big wide world of Toyota, with all eyes on just how well it fairs in the market. While the previous Toyota Corollas tend to favour a softer design, the brand new Toyota Corolla stands the ground as one of the sportier models with a sleek look design confirming the 11th generation look. Debuted this month at the Sydney Motor Show, the new Corolla adopts a design language that Toyota calls ‘smart dynamism’ which includes “sharper body lines and aggressive styling cues such as the narrowed headlights that integrate with a V-shaped grille.
These features contribute to improved aerodynamics and cooling”, says Toyota, while the company claims “that it will be even more exciting to drive than it’s predecessor”. It has also been said that the “new body of the Corolla is 10% stiffer than that of the outgoing model’s, and the hatchback’s centre of gravity has been lowered.” This will add not only more speed, but also more agility and a tad more power. The front seats have also been designed to better hold the driver in place and has also been tuned for a better response. The Toyota Corolla will be powered by a 1.8L four-cylinder engine also which when combined with the sleek new look is expected to add far more power and speed than it’s competitors.
While the Corolla hatchback has always been a popular selection with fleet departments, Toyota Australia believes that based on the edgier design and sleek, modern look, this vehicle will appeal to a much wider customer base. According to Toyota Australia, “around 40 per cent of all previous-generation Corolla hatch sales were to fleets, whereas the Mazda3 not only topped the sales charts but had a higher percentage of more profitable private sales than Corolla.” This statistic prepares to change completely since the arrival of Toyota’s latest family member.
Toyota says the new Corolla features “a lower centre of gravity for more agile handling, a more premium interior with improved space, more soundproofing, quicker steering and a sportier driving position courtesy of a lower hip-point and steering column angle.” To support this state of the art design, the new model has been tested by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and scored the expected five-star maximum. Like all new Toyota vehicles, the Corolla is covered by Toyota Service Advantage with capped price servicing also available.
Toyota has produced an amazing 39 million Corollas since 1966, including 1.2 million sold in Australia, with Australia being the first market outside Japan to sell the car. So what do you think? Will you be test driving a new Toyota Corolla?